An Overview of Generic Allergy Medicines

Allergy medicine can get expensive. Fortunately, many medications are available in generic form, which typically translates to a lower cost. 

When a medication loses its patent, other companies are free to market the medication in a generic form. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration has approved many allergy medicines for over-the-counter (OTC) use.

If you suffer from allergies, talk to your doctor about the right medications for treating your symptoms. 

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Antihistamines

An allergy is an immune response to substances that are not usually harmful. In people with allergies, an overly sensitive immune response releases chemicals known as histamine that cause allergy symptoms. Antihistamines relieve these symptoms.

Antihistamines are available both over the counter and by prescription only . Most health insurance companies cover some or all of the cost of prescription medicines but do not pay for OTC drugs.

OTC Antihistamines
Brand Name Generic Name

Allegra

Fexofenadine

Benadryl

Diphenhydramine

Chlor-Trimeton

Chlorpheniramine

Clarinex

Desloratadine

Claritin

Loratadine

Tavist

Clemastine

Xyzal

Levocetirizine

Zyrtec

Cetirizine

Prescription Antihistamines
Brand Name Generic Name

Palgic

Carbinoxamine

Semprex-D

Acrivastine Pseudoephedrine

Vistaril

Hydroxyzine

Allergy Nasal Sprays

For people whose primary allergy symptom is rhinitis, nasal sprays can provide effective relief of congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and other irritating symptoms. Nasal spray formulations can include antihistamines, decongestants, steroids, mast cell inhibitors, or a combination of different classes of medications.

OTC Nasal Sprays

Brand Name

Generic Name

Afrin

Oxymetazoline

Astelin

Azelastine

Flonase

Fluticasone Propionate

Flunisolide

Flunisolide

Nasacort AQ

Triamcinolone Acetonide

Nasalcrom

Cromolyn Sodium

Patanase

Olopatadine

Rhinocort

Budesonide

Sensimist

Fluticasone Furoate

Veramyst

Fluticasone Furoate

Prescription Nasal Sprays
Brand Name Generic Name

Nasonex

Mometasone Furoate Monohydrate

Omnaris

Ciclesonide

Q-Nasl

Beclomethasone Diproprionate

Zetonna

Ciclesonide

Allergy Eye Drops

For itchy, watery, red, or irritated eyes, many allergy sufferers find quick relieve with eyedrops. Allergy eye drops are available over the counter or by prescription as brand names and generics and may include antihistamines, corticosteroids, mast cell stabilizers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or a combination formula. 

OTC Eye Drops
Brand Name Generic Name

Alaway

Ketotifen Fumarate

Claritin Eye

Ketotifen Fumarate

Naphcon-A

Naphazoline/Pheniramine

Opcon-A

Naphazoline/Pheniramine

Refresh Eye

Ketotifen Fumarate

Vasocon A

Antazoline/Naphazoline

Visine A

Naphazoline/Pheniramine

Zaditor

Ketotifen Fumarate

Zyrtec

Ketotifen Fumarate

   
Prescription Eye Drops
Brand Name Generic Name

Opticrom

Cromolyn

A Word From Verywell

When it comes to getting the best price for medications, it can help to shop around. For many insurance policies, generic-brand medicines are preferred over name-brand prescriptions and your out of pocket costs will be lower. Check with your pharmacist about prices or use an online source like GoodRx.com that compares prices at different locations in your area.

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  1. U.S. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus. Antihistamines for allergies.

  2. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. AAAAI allergy & asthma medication guide.

  3. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Nasal sprays.

  4. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Eye drops.

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